March 27 – March 31, 2023
From the Desk of Mrs. Terri O’Daniel, Executive Director
Parent Speaker Series
Competitive Employment Training Program
Presented by Cat Woerner
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
The Academy is off school every year on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Monday. Please consider taking advantage of this time off to attend Holy Thursday Mass, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, or take time as a family to say the rosary. Be mindful of the sacrifice Jesus’ offered for all of us in love and that it was completed on Easter Sunday. Jesus rose from His suffering and death to the joy of giving us eternal life with Him. Understanding how sacrifices, even the smallest ones, done out of love for another, lead to joy as we realize, like Jesus’ suffering, our suffering is never in vain.
ONLY 55 items are left on the Amazon Wish List and we are in need of a few unique baskets.
Please consider purchasing an item so that the Silent Auction Committee can complete the baskets. Please email Kelly Winter at Ingodshands1@aol.com and let her know what you have purchased. Thank you so much for ALL your support and assistance.
2023 Academy Auction Amazon Wish List
We also would like the following baskets that the items are NOT on the Amazon Wish List.
Please email Kelly Winter if you are able to obtain any of these baskets.
- $50 Gift Card to a pizza place
- Basket of Spices from a local spice store
- Cigars and a humidor
- Salami Basket-must be the kind that doesn’t have to be refrigerated
- (The HILL is a great place to get these at their local grocery stores)Five bags of coffee BEANS-not ground) from several different local coffee places.
- Cardinals or St. Louis Blues (or a mix would be wonderful) Cornhole game on Etsy.com. These are great auction items and go really well.
- Lottery Board with $100 of scratch-off tickets
- A Basket full of Local St. Louis Sauces
Don’t forget to purchase your Dinner Auction Ticket at the below link. Please consider inviting your friends and family to our auction. It is a beautiful “Evening of Hope and Promise” for the Academy of St. Louis.
Principal’s Corner – Mrs. Morales
All of the classes had a busy week coming back from spring break. I’m sure they’re exhausted! It sounds like a few of you were able to have some amazing trips! It’s crazy to think that this is already the fourth quarter. When working in classes, I notice friendships that have developed and improved social skills that have been learned by all of our students. Students who needed prompting to advocate for themselves or initiate with a peer at the beginning of the year, do not need the same level of support as before. Hopefully, you noticed this on the homefront! We have also added a few students since the beginning of the year and this week we also have included two new staff members. Please welcome Lucy Baalmann and Kathleen Baggot. Both are assistants working with Mrs. Hartmann’s and Mr. Houlihan’s classes respectively. They come with a wealth of knowledge and lots of love already for our students.
God has really blessed us with an amazing staff!
- Saturday, April 1- Middle and High School Dance
- Tuesday, April 4 – Running Club at 2:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 5 – Media Club at 2:45 p.m.
- April 6, 7, and 10 – NO SCHOOL (Thursday, Friday, and Easter Monday)
- Monday, April 24 – NO SCHOOL
- Friday, April 28 – Auction Set Up-All Parents
- Saturday, April 29 – Academy of St. Louis Annual Dinner Auction
PRIMUS INTER PARES
Michael is new to the Academy and says it was the biggest decision he has made. His other options were continuing homeschooling or going to another school he visited. He is friendly and kind and likes animals. He cares about the environment and picks up trash around his neighborhood in Ballwin because he wants turtles to be safe. He knows a lot about Pokemon and is good at building Lego sets. He plays golf and tennis and goes to a ninja class. His favorite subject at school is science, especially science experiments, and he likes to read.
This week our monthly visit from the University of Missouri reminded high school students it is important to be learning and memorizing information that helps a young person become independent. Students need to know their phone number, address, and family email address and should have their own email address when they graduate high school for use with employers. They can practice filling out job applications to prepare for the day they have to start doing their paperwork.
You may like to ask your middle and high school students what team they are on for chores, what job they usually do, who else is on the team, and if anything is complicated about it.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1
We are drawing lessons from history, the framers wrote a constitution that divided, limited, and balanced power among the three branches of government.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 3
We have started reading a book called Drowned City Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans. During our daily class reading, we are identifying the problems that occurred during this time and which part of the government is responsible for correcting that problem.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
We are learning about the French who explored the Mississippi River in the 1600s and 1700s. We are also learning about the French trade that led to settlements in Missouri.
HIGH SCHOOL 2
We are learning about how people learned about the natural world before the scientific method was developed. To identify who worked out the scientific method.
We were so happy to get back to school and see our friends! Spring is in the air and we are beginning to observe all the beautiful changes this season brings. After months of cold and being stuck inside, the outdoors is calling our name. The opportunity to get outside more is just what we needed! This week, we took a nature walk, observing all the beautiful changes around us. We are beginning to notice more birds and even saw geese on the soccer field, wandering around. One day, as we were headed to recess, we became fascinated as we watched Mr. Robert change a light bulb in the parking lot. It was fun to see how his special construction equipment worked and how it kept him safe as he was up high. We always enjoy seeing the “Chipmunks” playing on the playground as we head to recess. These aren’t your ordinary chipmunks. They’re our preschool friends who call themselves the Chipmunks. On opening day for the Cardinals, they joined us in chanting, “Let’s Go Cardinals!” The entire neighborhood probably heard us!
In Art, we enjoyed making our butterfly creations using toilet paper rolls. When it comes to reading stories, we always want to learn new vocabulary. This week, we heard the story of an extraordinary egg. We also heard the fun story called Bunnies in a Boat. One of our favorite parts about this week was having the chance to sing with Adam Bitter, a very popular, local musician who is helping us prepare for our auction performance. Thank you to Adam Bitter!
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 & 3
We will continue to Chapters 16-18 in “The Janitor’s Boy”. The vocabulary words for these chapters are chintzy, municipal, essential, verdict, involuntary, and defiance. It will be fun learning about what happens to Jack when he explores the “steam tunnel” and starts to feel respect and admiration for his father. We will have an open-book quiz on Friday that includes vocabulary and comprehension if the students are ready.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
This week features the Gila Monster, Shrew, and Sasquatch. Students will continue to learn how to find information in a paragraph, answer questions, and fill in the blank, all while learning about these (creepy) interesting animals!
HIGH SCHOOL 2 – Writing
The goals this week are to write goals for improving their writing (based on feedback from the Informational Report), nail down a topic for our Opinion Essay, and refine that opinion into a strong statement that can be supported with at least three reasons.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 & 3, and HIGH SCHOOL 2
This week, students worked on a variety of skills, including problem-solving. They were encouraged to use different strategies and techniques to solve problems, allowing them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I monitored the progress of each student and provided feedback to help them improve their understanding of math concepts. I provided one-on-one support to students who needed additional assistanc
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
This week in math, students focused on independently strengthening their math skills with teacher support provided as needed. Students were encouraged to work at their own pace and level, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts they were learning. I provided one-on-one support to students who needed additional assistance.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1,2, and 3
This week we focused our learning in Ch. 7 Section 2 on Air Pollution. We experimented to see what types of particles we could collect from the air both inside and outside of the academy. We met “Dr. Pollutant” and discovered his evil scheme to destroy the ozone layer through “emissions” and “smog”. We will continue in Ch. 7 Section 3 next week as we dive into water pollution.
A much welcome back after spring break to everyone! This week the students have been focusing on getting back into the school routine again. We’ve worked hard on our typing skills, continued to focus on budgeting as well as some review of fractions, and spent some time on main idea activities. We ended the week with a trip to Walmart for auction supplies and a special recipe for the whole school! Enjoy the pictures next week!
This week’s staff spotlight is Mrs. Hodge. Mrs. Hodge has been with the Academy for 3 years! She loves to drink unsweetened tea and the yummy slushies at Sonic! When she has to choose between Walmart, Target, or Amazon she chooses Amazon. She loves to go out to eat for Mongolian BBQ or a mixture of fast food restaurants if she can! Mrs. Hodge feels like being a teacher is important because you are always learning and called to find ways to bring that learning into the classroom. She enjoys the Academy and watching God work! We are so thankful for you Mrs. Hodge!
HIGH SCHOOL 2
Our physical science class reviewed the differences between chemical changes and physical changes this week with a variety of experiments and scientific activities including the burning of candles, melting of ice, and the process of making lemonade, or in our case, Orange-ade! We also observed how chemical reactions take place with yeast in a bottle. We will be reviewing Ch. 3 next week as we move back into Newton’s Laws of Motion. /p>
We reviewed the meaning and importance of Holy Week. We also created paper Easter eggs for parents. (Ask your student!)
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1,2 & 3 and
HIGH SCHOOL 2
We reviewed the meaning and importance of Holy Week.
Each day the entree includes fruit, chips, and your choice of chocolate or white milk.
You can select additional items a la carte.
Please be sure to place your order by midnight the night before.
Please call Mrs. Cantareira with any questions at 636-534-5099.
DON’T FORGET SNACKS!